Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum
With recorded history of more than 3,000 years, Athens is the capital of Greece and no doubt one of the most interesting places in the world. The birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization, the design of the city is marked by Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman civilizations. Spend the day viewing the many historical and archeological monuments that date back to the 5th century BC and the Golden Age of Pericles.
With a multitude of conquerors occupying Athens, there are unique and splendid monuments everywhere. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive, modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. Visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon dedicated to the Goddess Athena, the Propylea, the Temple of the Athena Nike, and the Erechtheum Temple, the latter that at one point was used for cult worship.
Throughout the tour you will also see Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached Christianity; the Ancient Agoria with its classic columns; the Herodes Atticus Theatre; the Theatre of Dionysius; the Temple of Zeus; and the University of Athens. Also on tap are the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, and the Panathenian Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896.
At the New Acropolis Museum you will see some of the more than 4,000 artifacts carefully preserved from the Acropolis site as well as exhibits covering the Greek Bronze Age and the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Enjoy some free time in the Plaka neighborhood with its narrow cobblestoned streets, idyllic sidewalk cafes and numerous boutiques selling clothes, ceramics and jewelry.
This full-day small group tour is a must-do for those who love history and architecture, reserve your spot today.
Please Note: This tour includes admissions and a visit to both the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
Reviewer: Pat Ross
Excellent guide & tour. Guide skillfully helped us navigate the crowds. Museum very interesting - helped put everything we'd seen in context.
We were picked up in a bus and driven to the sights. The guide, Nina, was very experienced and informative. We had some guided time and some free time at the sites, which we enjoyed. We could have used a little more time in the Plaka because it took a long time for us to get lunch. Would probably choose a quicker lunch option next time.
Reviewer: Jen Duenhoelter
The shore excursion staff was AMAZING and we highly recommend our guide and drive. The van was very comfortable, clean and safe. The only dissatisfaction we had was the paper documentation describing where to meet. A map should be given for both terminals and a clear understanding of what to do if you arrive at A or B. The Shore Excursion staff - same company because logo was same - for travel excursions that other passengers arranged on ship was not helpful at all. They had the line of people and a card raised in the air. Our driver was there at the right time but as paperwork said go early based on what terminal you were at - all other groups were there with their guides in a line and we waited alone for a bit not knowing if we were at the right place. Again, our guide and driver more than made up for the rocky start.
Reviewer: Georgia Nivison
This excursion surpassed our expectations. My husband and I had a private guide who spoke excellent English and was able to provide interesting historical commentary. She was also sensitive to our need to move at a little slower pace than most guides.
Reviewer: Stephen Healy
We were extremely happy with the tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. It was the perfect amount of structure for us and we would highly recommend it to others.